Strikers in the goals again as Gorleston hit five

Mick Payne presents the Batemans man of the match award to Connor Deeks. Picture: David Hardy

Mick Payne presents the Batemans man of the match award to Connor Deeks. Picture: David Hardy - Credit: Archant

Doubles from the Connor Ingram and Connor Deeks helped the Greens maintain their 100pc start to the season on Saturday as they scored four or more for the third game running.

Jack Garrod chips the keeper for Gorleston's fourth. Picture: David Hardy

Jack Garrod chips the keeper for Gorleston's fourth. Picture: David Hardy - Credit: Archant

There was just one change from the side that beat Kirkley. With George Yusuff away, Reece Hunn returned at left back while Kyle Ingram switched to the right.

The opening 20 minutes gave no indication of how the match would eventually pan out. Walden made the better start whilst the Greens seemed at sixes and sevens defensively.

But the hosts eventually settled and took the lead in the 37th minute from their first corner of the match.

Ingram floated the kick towards the edge of the box where it was met by Deeks and he guided his header over the keeper into the net.

The lead lasted just two minutes. Crane went down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Charlie Portway made no mistake with the kick, sending Taurean Molloy the wrong way.

A minute into stoppage time Gorleston regained the lead. Elliott Hannant drilled a cross in from the left and Ingram stooped to plant a diving header into the net.

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It was like a different Gorleston as the second half started with the Greens getting the ball down and playing much better football.

They made it three after 65 minutes. Ingram on the edge of the box, held off his marker and drilled a right footer into the top corner of the net to make it five goals in four games.

Four minutes later it could have been four when Deeks header from a corner rebounded off the inside of the post, Aaron Taylor nodding the follow up over.

Ingram could have had another with a header from a Jack Garrod cross but the Greens had to wait until injury time before scoring again.

Firstly Garrod lofted the ball over the advancing keeper from about 20 yards.

Then, four minutes into stoppage time, it was Deeks’ turn to chip the keeper, this time from close to the penalty spot. He has now scored four in four since joining the Greens.

Match sponsor Mick Payne awarded the Batemans man of the match to Connor Deeks.

Gorleston: T Molloy, L Goreham, R Hunn, M McKay, C Deeks, A Taylor, K Ingram, E Hannant, J Watts, C Ingram, I Fatadjo.

Attendance 126.